First-graders mark 100th day of school by helping library

Shawn Hardy
Kiely Fisher, director of the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library, left, and Cheyenne Bookwalter, children's librarian, were on hand for the Dimes for Besore 100th day first-grade program at Greencastle-Antrim Primary School. Children who represented their class in the coin collection were, from left, seated: Izumi Bernard, Chase Cordell, Ella Worley and Maci Bishop. Standing: Thaddeus Stevenson, Eliza Bigler, Brook Thornlow, Dmitri D'Amore, Anna Biamonte and Noah Ambrose. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT

First-graders at Greencastle-Antrim Primary School celebrated the 100th day of school on Wednesday, Jan. 30, by continuing a decades-long tradition of helping the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library.

Children gathered in the lobby pit area for a program that included a representative of each class coming forward with a bag filled with coins for the Dimes for Besore collection.

Classes marked the milestone with a variety of activities involving the number 100. Some students colored crowns and other headgear and teachers wore shirts celebrating the 100th day.

Beth Smiley told her students they could dress up and Madison Davis sported a shower cap decorated with 100 cotton balls.

All 10 first-grade classrooms participated in the dime collection and as the donation of each class was presented, the tally was added to a poster with the message "Hip Hip Hooray, It's the 100th Day."

Children cheered and clapped when the total of $840.25 was announced

Cheyenne Bookwalter, Besore's children's librarian and a 2011 graduate of Greencastle-Antrim High School who remembers the dime collection when she was in school, asked the youngsters what kind of books they like to read.

Answers included books about animals, fiction, riddles, magic and unicorns, as well as the Dog Man and Treehouse series.

Bookwalter said she used last year's 100th day Dimes for Besore donation to buy about 200 books close to the first-grade level, including juvenile books, picture books, chapter books and nonfiction.

She also talked about this year's summer reading program "A Universe of Stories."

The library has lots of programs throughout the year, including an American Girl Club, Crazy Chemist Club and Lego Club, Bookwalter said.

"The more you read, the smarter you'll become," teacher Heidi Funk told the students.